United States Graduation Rate Improved in 2013-2014

Dec 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM Jessica Beidelman Education Trends

According to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, America’s students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, reaching 82 percent in 2013-2014. Graduation rates for the fifty states ranged from 61.4% in Washington, DC to 90.5% in Iowa.

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

“The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college, getting a good job, owning their own home, and supporting a family. We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color.” 

– Secretary Arne Duncan

The states with the highest graduation rates were: Iowa (90.5%), Nebraska (89.68%), Wisconsin (88.64%), New Jersey (88.6%) and Texas (88.3%).

The states with the lowest graduation rates were: Washington, DC (61.35%), New Mexico (68.54%), Nevada (70%), Alaska (71.14%) and Oregon (71.98%).

Students classified as economically disadvantaged graduated across the US at a rate of 74.6%, ranging from 59.64% in Alaska to 85.35% in Indiana. The states with the highest graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students were: Indiana (85.35%), Texas (85.2%), Iowa (84.06%), Kentucky (84.03%) and Arkansas (82.73%).

The states with the lowest graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students were: Alaska (59.64%), Washington, DC (60.14%), New Mexico (62.32%), Georgia (62.5%) and Nevada (63.55%).

Although narrowing in recent years, the White-Black gap in graduation rates has closed, with 87.2% of White students and 72.5% of Black students graduating across the US. As we consider our work in enhancing access to high-quality education to diverse populations, we consider opportunities to improve upon these results and continue to push the United States towards increased efficiency and equity. What secondary programs promote increased graduation rates in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Texas, and how can these programs be replicated at scale?

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